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Originally Posted by mumster View Post
How in the world do you find cheese for that price!!! In Alberta Canada the cheapest brand I have found is about 9.50 for that amount.
Aldi's. Though, I've not seen anything even CLOSE to $10/pound even for Sargento's, Kraft, or Frigo (national brands)
post #302 of 419
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Originally Posted by freespirited View Post
Did anyone post rice and eggs? I do this often because my girls love it, and so do we. You just take some eggs, let's say four of them, mix them with a fork in a bowl, add 2 or 3 cups of cooked rice and a couple TBS of soy sauce to taste, then cook the mixture in some butter until cooked. Salt and pepper to taste. I've added frozen veggies (cooked), diced fresh zucchini, fresh spinach or chard, etc. Whatever your kids will eat, you can add it, or just do it plain. This is a true under $2 meal!
I do egg "fried" rice. Sometimes I toss in leftover bits of meat, too.

For the two of us to have supper, plus a lunch or two for the next day, I scramble and cook 2 eggs, then add 2 cups of cooked rice, thinly sliced carrots (2-3 baby carrots), 1/2 cup of frozen peas, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, and whatever meat I might be tossing in (leftover beef or pork roast, or chicken). Soy sauce to taste (usually about 1/4 cup).

When I feel fancy, I throw in a handful of cooked shrimp and some fresh minced ginger. The bag that I buy at Aldi's lasts months.
post #303 of 419
I thought I'd subbed to this, but guess not I've gone through the WHOLE thread now I do believe, and snagged a ton of great recipes and ideas
The fried rice on the cheap is a HUGE hit here too! I can make it without buying anything most of the time.. just going on leftover meat or eggs & frozen veggies. This thread is so handy!
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Bumping!

We make the white bean soup all the time now and the family loves it! Last week I put collards in it instead of the spinach and it was a hit..the collards were free :
post #306 of 419
I'm a vegetarian but I've been trying to find cheap meat recipes for DP. It's so hard cooking meat when you don't eat it. It's like painting blind or composing music deaf.
Anyway, I found this oven-fried (i.e. baked) drumstick recipe he said was really good. It's also cheap and easy. I think I paid $5 for 16 drumsticks and that's like, five meals for him. I cooked half and froze half.
I've also been roasting whole chickens. They cost five or six dollars and you get a ton of meals, especially if you turn the leftovers into soup.
I also like making lentil soup (a bag of lentils, some onion and garlic and celery, some herbs and salt and pepper and a cup of rice). It winds up being about $2 for ten servings.


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Oven-fried drumsticks
about 4 tbl melted butter
1 cup breadcrumbs (I used the italian seasoned kind)
approx. 12 chicken drumsticks

Grease baking pan with cooking spray. Dip each drumstick in the melted butter then roll in the breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Bake about one hour at 350 degrees.
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post #307 of 419
beans tortillas and cabbage
home made tortillas for 5 about 30cents
1lb pinto beans $1
1/4thinly sliced cabbage 25 cents
1/2c. grated cheese $1
onion 50 cents
so about 3.00 for 5 adult servings and 1 toddler plus enough beans left over for 6 more servings.
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Originally Posted by spring978 View Post
beans tortillas and cabbage
home made tortillas for 5 about 30cents
1lb pinto beans $1
1/4thinly sliced cabbage 25 cents
1/2c. grated cheese $1
onion 50 cents
so about 3.00 for 5 adult servings and 1 toddler plus enough beans left over for 6 more servings.
What's your tortilla recipe?
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I hadn't seen this thread in a long time, but I just finished reading through the whole thing! I had forgotten I had ever posted in here! Thanks to all who have posted, I've made many of the recipes from here and they've all been delicious!
post #313 of 419
Yes. Love this thread. Getting lots of ideas.
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whoops, wrong place again
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moving to the top so I can find it again.
post #316 of 419
My favorite cheap recipe is my version of a restaurant meal I LOVE!

Cuban Breakfast

1 can black beans (spiced with taco seasonings, onion and garlic to taste)
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
2 slices mozzarella cheese
4 eggs cooked over easy
dollop of sour cream

Cook the beans however you like them seasoned. I like this dish with a mexican flavor, so I use cumin, garlic, onion (taco seasoning, essentially). Spoon the beans onto a plate with a slotted spoon. put a few slices of tomatoes on the beans, and the mozzarella cheese on the tomatoes. Cook the eggs either sunny side up or over easy if you don't love runny eggs. Pile them on top on the beans/tomatoes/cheese, and put it all under the broiler for a couple mins, until the egg firms up and the cheese is melty. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a hearty side of toast.

YUM!!!! I make this dish often for guests, for any meal they happen to be around for.
post #317 of 419
bumping for a friend!!
post #318 of 419
I'm so glad this was bumped. Although, it's almost funny (not really) to see how cheap things were just 2 years ago.

There are some great meals here! Thank you!
post #319 of 419
Thanks CC!!!
post #320 of 419
If you have a Meijer, it is really cheap to buy their 4lb bags of frozen ravioli or tortellini. Just pour some cheap tomato sauce on it and a little bit of cheese and there you go. The ravioli is really good. I get about 4-5 meals out of a bag, easy, for 3 people. Lazy to do to boot!
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